There are 1.4 million people living in nursing homes across the United States, and millions more in other countries..
Nursing home staff put an immense amount of effort into taking care of their residents each year. They deserve recognition and respect – the National Nursing Home Week has been established to commemorate their titanic investment.
What Is National Nursing Home Week And When Is It Held?
National Nursing Home Week was established by the American Health Care Association (AHCA) in 1967. It always begins on Mother’s Day, which typically falls around early May. For 2021, the dates for the National Nursing Home Week are May 9 to 15.
Today, the official name of the event is National Skilled Nursing Care Week (NSNCW), with National Nursing Home Week being its old name – no longer in use today.
As a whole, National Skilled Nursing Care Week is aimed to recognize and celebrate the commitment of nurse care centers to caring for America’s seniors and people with disabilities.
Each year’s National Skilled Nursing Care Week has a theme attached to it. The 2021 week, for example, was themed “Together Through the Seasons”. AHCA decided to focus this particular NSNCW on the collective effort, strength, and dedication of caregivers who work tirelessly to watch elderly and disabled adults.
In 2020, the theme was “Sharing Our Wisdom”. The 2020 NSNCW celebrated the insight, purpose, and wisdom that can be learned from seniors, individuals with dementia, or those with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
And in 2019, the theme of the National Skilled Nursing Care Week was “Live Soulfully”. This NSNCW showcased how nursing center residents and staff achieve happy minds and healthy souls. Additionally, NSNCW celebrated the contribution of caregivers, no matter how small – whether through reading, cooking, or cleaning.
How Is National Skilled Nursing Care Week Celebrated?
In the weeks before the National Skilled Nursing Care Week, the American Health Care Association encourages care centers to plan special events for the staff, residents, and their families.
Additionally, the American Health Care Association encourages social media users to share messages, photos, or activity ideas using the #NSNCW hashtag on Facebook or Twitter. You may also donate to your local care center if you want to mark this day and contribute to its effort.